Do you like Tuna Helper Creamy Pasta, but are trying to eat healthier? I found this recipe from the Cooking Light website, where I get many recipes, and it reminds me of Tuna Helper, only better. I have changed it just a little bit.
The one thing I had a hard time with was getting it hot enough, so I let all of the ingredients heat through while it is still in the skillet. I also don’t have a skillet big enough to mix everything in, like the original recipe tells you, so I put everything but the pasta in the skillet, then I mix the pasta with the sauce after it is in the casserole dish. It seems to work fine doing it this way.
I also add a little more Parmesan cheese to the top, because my daughter said she really likes the cheesy top.
These are the ingredients that are needed.
This is the carrot and onion before being cooked.
This is the carrot and onion after being cooked.
This is the flour, before adding the milk.
This is after adding the milk.
This is the sauce mixture.
This is the casserole, ready to go into the oven.
Homemade Tuna Helper Creamy Pasta
This is a great tuna noodle casserole that is similar to Tuna Helper~Creamy Noodles.
- 8oz wide wheat noodles
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup yellow onion (chopped)
- 1/3 cup carrot (diced)
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 3/4 cups milk
- 4oz cream cheese (1/3 less fat)
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 1/2 cup frozen corn
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (divided)
- 2 cans albacore tuna, in water drained and flaked (5 ounce)
- Cooking spray
||Preheat broiler. |
||Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain. |
||Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Put oil in the pan and cook the onion and carrot for about 6 minutes or until carrot is almost tender, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with flour and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually whisk in milk and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly with a whisk until slightly thick. |
||Stir in cream cheese, mustard, salt, and pepper and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. |
||Over low heat, stir in peas, corn, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, and tuna. Heat through. Put a layer of the sauce mixture in the bottom of the casserole dish and top with remaining sauce mixture and stir to coat noodles; top with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. |
||Broil 3 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. |